FRIDAY FUN

FRIDAY FUN

FRIDAY FUN ~ FULLER STYLE

Everyone knows that at the end of a school year I get “get outta school itis” worse than the kids and teachers.  I don’t think the traditional educational systems knows (or cares) about the amount of pressure that it put on PARENTS.  Last minute trips, last minute projects, last minute assemblies, schools are a bundle of last minute everything.  Anyways I digress.  So today we took a “vacation” day and hung out together and went to the chiropractor :

Marcus, Jr being adjusted by our chiropractor, his brother and his sister 🙂

We went to the book store and we had good fast food….well we had food.  We danced, we sang and we didn’t do any work at all, today was a total free day.

 

FRIDAY FUN ~ UPDATES

Marcus Jr. has been growing mentally by leaps and bounds.  This is what he did today:

  • When he wanted lunch he grabbed a plate and fork and came over and asked me for lasagna
  • When we got out of the car at the book store he got out closed his door and came over to me no running or jumping
  • Although, he did running and jumping in the bookstore he came when I called and choose his own book
  • He’s been very verbal about his wants, the whining and crying from not being able to communicate is lessening

Jai Lynn has been doing great also, here is what she did today:

  • Took her clothes to the basement only had to ask once
  • Cleaned up the floor in her room
  • Sang and danced with me today

Mason:

  • Language is becoming clearer
  • Tantrums lessening

All in all the kids are doing great.  So proud of all of them.  So that is our Friday update hope you enjoyed, we are still doing the same supplements:

We don’t take all supplements everyday, honestly the only two we take consistently are the Divine Child drink and Juice Plus. I watch what they eat and make sure I keep their brains working.

Know in the journey you are not alone, we have come a long way and still have a lot of ground to cover but I am beginning to see and their teachers are beginning to see a real change in the two older kids and everyone is commenting on how “aware and smart” Mason is.

Keep up with us as we chronicle our summer time fun and learning expedition.

Until Next Time

Wishing you Peace, Love and Healing

Charmaine

 

Updates 6/1/13

Autism

So, we just started Juice Plus again with Marcus and I split my dosage with Jai Lynn.  Marcus had been seizure free for about 2 weeks then they started up again on Wednesday of this week, he seems to be a bit under the weather but in great spirits. The seizures never last long and his recovery time is normal.

Autism Updates ~ This Week’s Treatments

So these past few week have been very minimal, the Divine Child Drink. That’s it, I have to get more clay but we did a castor oil wrap today and will do an epsom salt bath tomorrow as that is also a way to detox.  We haven’t been up to much.

 

Autism Updates ~ Kid Updates

Marcus Jr – He has be more communicative, he has been more focused and he has been more helpful.  He has been answering more questions almost having conversations! We have been able to have mini conversations with him if we are asking the questions.

Jai Lynn – Has been a bit more focused and has had the ability to control her emotions a bit better.  She has been communicating more also.

Mason- Has been talking and requesting more and has understanding what is being requested of him. He can count to 5 with assistance.

 

Autism Updates ~ The Future

My kids are healing more and more everyday.  Parents if your child has a different ability don’t allow anyone to tell you what they Can’t do or will NEVER be able to do.  You know your baby .

Until next time

Peace Love and Healing

Charmaine

 

Home Life with Special Needs

So our life has be full and wonderful at the same time.  It is almost the end of the school year and I’m excited and nervous at the same time because we will be embarking on full fledged homeschooling  and  so much more.  The kids have been doing great and they are also ready for the end of the year. This weekend has been a weekend of wonders as both children have been far exceeding the expectations that others have had for them.

We are working on using not only nutrition and supplements but the law of attraction to help them with some other things.  Marcus hasn’t had a seizure in over two weeks and we don’t expect anymore. His mantra is that he is “seizure free and healthy” I realized that although we treated him like a typical kid (pretty much) when it came to his health we where super sensitive and overbearing feeling like we had to protect him from “something” When I learned that I could change any condition, just via my thought process we decided to try it on Marcus,Jr.  So this is what has been going on for him this week.

His communication skills have been amazing over these past few weeks.  Marcus, Jr has been requesting what he want’s with little to no whining or fussing, his attention span as increased as well as his focus.  He has been extremely helpful and just more aware.

Jai Lynn  has been doing a good job of understanding what you say to her, she has been doing a good job of asking the right questions and not just asking questions to have something to say.

Mason has been doing a great job of communicating also.

All in all our kids are doing GREAT and we only see improvement for the future.

Until next time

Wishing you peace, love and health

The Fuller’s

 

Oh my Progress!

The past few days for Marcus, Jr and Jai Lynn have been amazing to see their growth and level of understanding growth and flourish.  To see them get things.

 

*side note I started this posting before they got home from school. I don’t know if it’s because we have a vacation coming up or what but they are getting to me all of them.*

Any who.  Monday and Tuesday for Marcus, Jr. at school were wonderful.  They reported that he had been able to sit at the table at lunchtime for the past two days without being re-directed, he has been doing his work at school and at home with pretty good focus and without much fanfare. He had been doing well at home also.

Today he had a few small upsets but I think it’s time for castor oil wrap and clay bath so we’ll see.

 

Otherwise kids doing great. I thought Jai Lynn was done crying about school but she’s not. Now I’m beginning to think she’s not just being dramatic.  She’s not saying that anyone is messing with her or making her feel uncomfortable but she doesn’t want to go. She says the school is too big and old. Which in my mommy mind mean something else.

Thankfully I’ll be starting homeschool lessons this summer so they will be ready to go in the fall.  I will be creating my own curriculum as I am not satisfied with the ones from the internet schools. Still feel to boxed in for me.

I’m planning a day next week to run off and get some things together (not running away just running to Starbucks for free Wi-Fi) so I can start getting materials ready for summer.

Until Next Time

Wishing you health and wellness

Charmaine

 

 

Lunchtime with the Fuller’s

OK I’m feeling veggie again. So this week is going to be mainly vegetarian meals. But let me do a side bar on my daughter.

So I am sitting at my desk and she starts growling and I asked her “are you growling at me?” she states “yes like a tiger” and she comes over to me and starts growling at me. In turn I begin acting like I was afraid like she was going to eat me and she did 🙂 She has never really initiated that before so excited.

Now back to Saturday’s lunch. Today I made a pesto stuffed zucchini and I was a bit apprehensive because:
1. It required work and
2. My inner unhealthy girl wanted a burger with some fries and an apple pie with a Starbucks on the side.

With that being said I made it anyways. So here is a picture:

 

This is what it looked like after baking yummy.

Here is the recipe:
I used 3 large zucchini
4 oz of mozzella cheese cut into small chunks
1/2 cup of shredded paramesan cheese
1/2 cup pesto sauce
1/4 walnuts (the recipe said pine nut but I didn’t have those)
and 1 container of cherry or grape tomatoes roughly chopped.

Cut the zucchini in half and scoop out all of the flesh, you can make bread or muffins or pancakes with the flesh, freeze it or trash it (although that would be a sad waste). Set them aside in a roasting pan.

Then in a small bowl add the chopped tomatoes and mozzarella, pesto, walnuts and shredded parmesan and mix well together. Then spoon mixture into the scooped out zucchini, add about 1 cup of water to the bottom of the roasting pan so the zucchini don’t dry out on the outside and bake on 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

Serve with a salad or another accompanying veggie and viola your meal is served. This was filling yet light and the kids loved them.

I hope you enjoy as much as we did. Not sure if I am going to post dinner as tonight I’m making tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Until next time wishing you
Health and Wellness
Charmaine

 

My plate

April 11, 2013 and beyond!

So I have been away for a few weeks it’s been a bit crazy around here.  I was preparing for my business open house for Thirty One and Stampin’ Up! and I was also preparing for my first day of class.  I’m huge on schedules around here so I had to re-configure my business and academic life into my schedule and I figured while I was at it I might as well add in the homeschooling schedule because summer will be here before I know it and so will fall.  I have decided to create my own curriculum as I am not enthused with the two internet based schools that I found, plus my gut is telling me that my kids will learn better with something completely tailored to them.  You might think me crazy but I enjoy having my children home with me.   So what you wonder has been going on in the Fuller world of Autism?

Let’s start with Jai Lynn Spring break was a great time for us we worked on multiplication, subtraction and general overall household chores.  We worked on and still are working on her not apologizing for everything.  Learning that when you make a mistake to apologize once but don’t continue doing it. Once is enough. She is doing 1 tsp of the Divine Child drink, Serrapeptase, castor oil wraps, clay bath acetyl l carnitine.

This summer we’re going to dig deep with reading comprehension. Although, she can read at a 6th grade level she can only comprehend at about a third, she retains about one quarter of what she reads. She is not very good at all at simple recall.  The main reason I’m thinking of pulling her is that  middle school is a completely different monster   Many more kids, classes just bigger and that is a lot.  She can’t even tell me clearly what went on at school that day.  And that concerns me that she doesn’t have simple recall skills.

Jai Lynn has come a long way in the department of self-care but she still has a ways to go.We are still learnin how to deal with emotions and not go from 0 -1000 in 30 seconds flat.  But progress is being made.  A gain for her was this morning we were running late mainly because she was playing aroud in her room versus getting dressed and eating her breakfast.  When we got in the car she asked where we late and I stated “yes” and she said I’m sorry for doddling (from little Bill it means being a slowpoke). Then today after a melt down she said mom I’m sorry for yelling.  When she has meltdowns (which isn’t too often) she’ll often make negative statements like “I’m such a fool, I’m stupid, I’m a loser” so I’ve been taking those times to pump her with positive affirmations, we have also been doing positive affirmations before she gets out of the car.

Marcus, Jr has been doing well. Spring Break was a great , no seizures.  He worked on math and reading fluency. Same supplements as Jai Lynn including Min-Chex.

Some gains that he is making is in his cognitive ability.  We just started Luminosity which is a brain training website, you get some games for free the rest along with some other tools are available with the subscription, we will be getting the subscription by the way for both kids because they both need it.

This week so far he has had four seizures (three yesterday, one today) a bout of bad gas, and grinding his teeth.  The new Divine Child drink has tamarind in it to detox them from fluoride poisoning (yes the stuff in our water and toothpaste that they said would help is poisoning us and our children) and it also has kelp which is a great source of iodine.

Today he had a castor oil wrap and clay bath and is doing much better. It appears to me that he is detoxing from the new divine child drink and that we should see more gains. He has been very alert all day, although alert his focus has been a bit off today which it normally is after a seizure.  This seizure was different than anyone one I have seen. Then I started to think, maybe it is because I never truly observed his seizures my “fight or flight” went into play and my main concern was getting him someplace safe. But it appears that he is having General Tonic-Clonic Seizures.  So now that I have a pretty good idea that it’s not absence seizures I can move forward (which is why we are using Luminosity). Something he did last night that made me keep the faith is, when his curtain fell I asked him where was the piece that went to it. I heard it drop on the floor but didn’t see it where I thought it would be.  After I finished attaching the curtain he tapped me on the shoulder and pointed directly to the piece! So super proud of him.

 

Mason is growing by leaps and bounds and his language is doing great he can say mamma, daddy, bro bro,sissy, GiGi(that’s my mom) and trying to teach him PaPa. He knows who each of the people are, and he can identify and say his (and yours) nose, ears, mouth, head,teeth, and other body parts. Whenever someone doesn’t give him his way he says their name the says a bunch of baby talk in the middle then the name of whoever he’s reporting to so for example Daddy insert baby talk here Sissy.  So that would mean he’s telling on his sister lol.  He knows how to ask for food items that he wants and can read facial expressions like the guy from the show “Lie To Me” (If you haven’t seen it look it up). We are learning shapes, numbers, colors, counting and alphabet.

 

So as you see we are super busy here but I love it.  We have some exciting events coming up in the near future that I will report on and so much growth on the horizon.

Until Next Time,

Wishing you Blessings & Recovery,

Charmaine

*side note I was just elected as an at-large delegate to the Michigan Special Education Advisory Committee State Advisory Panel!

Kid Update 5-2-13

So a lot has been going on with the kids lets start with Marcus Jr first:

Last week Marcus, Jr. had 3 seizures on Thursday, 4 on Friday and one on Saturday, since the seizures here is what has been going on.  His tolerance has increased. What I mean by this is that when we re-directed him he doesn’t meltdown for 5-10 minutes crying, screaming and throwing  himself from wall to wall.  For the past few days when redirected, he whines for a bit, grabs your hand looks in your face (so you can see he does’t like it) and then moves on once you acknowledge him. This morning when I got downstairs Marcus decided he wanted to watch T.V. before putting on his clothes and when I asked him to turn off the T.V. he did, he whined a bit and then went to put his clothes on and once his clothes were on he went about playing around upstairs before breakfast as normal.  Last night, I didn’t have to stand over him to get it done, I went into the kitchen to cook and when I remembered that I had sat him down to do his homework he was done!  His teacher and the classroom aide, also have noticed this new trend in class, stating that he doesn’t need to be continuously prompted to do work and that he just does it. they have also noted that  when redirected he is not upset for long.  So that is a huge plus.

 

Jai Lynn this past week spent her first go round in detention.  On Friday she didn’t go to school because Marcus was sleeping after a seizure and I didn’t want to wake him.  So she stayed home and she is ALWAYS OK with staying  home from school unless they are either doing something fun at school or going on a field trip.  So she goes to school on Monday and discovers that on the Friday she so gladly missed they had something special.  In her anger of  missing that perceived treat she dropped the “F” bomb (and I don’t mean forgiveness  and punched a young man that was standing next to her.  So when her teacher contacted me on Tuesday about what happened she asked me what did I want to do because no one had sent her to the office or even reprimanded her, but they did talk to her about it being bad. So I asked what would they have done with a neurotypical child and she informed me sent them to the office.  So I said send her to the office so that she could see the process of what happens after you hit someone who hasn’t done anything to you. So, Jai Lynn was sent to the office and received detention on Wednesday after school.  She and I had a conversation that she was not a bad person but a good person that made a bad choice and that we all make bad choices at times, but we have to ask for forgiveness and forgive ourselves and keep it moving and she got that. She also got that detention was the consequence for hitting someone when they had done nothing to you, she got that you don’t cuss in school, how do I know because when she came home on Wednesday after detention she stated “I don’t ever want to go to detention again, it’s too much work, no more hitting” lol I almost fell outta my chair.  We are working on some other pieces with her such as, bathroom etiquette, not spazing out when someone isn’t doing something according to the rules, teaching her the fine balance of being concerned about her own space and what she is doing and not always feeling the need to report everything that everyone else is doing.

This summer with both kids we will be working on social pieces as well as some academics.  Unschooling over the summer will be intense yet it will be fun.

Mason, smh is a typical two year old. I take my hats off to parents that have a house full of neurotypical kids.  You know sometimes in our world of different abilities we seem to think that parent of neurotypical children have it SOOO much easier, when they don’t. They face the same challenges that we do just in different ways, they have the same cares and concerns for their children as we do and they love their children just as much.  We in the different abilities community must stop with the stereotype that neurotypical parents don’t care about their children as much, and don’t have to do as much work as we do.  We must stop thinking that our brand of parenting gives us a special right to judge.  The reason why many of us are feel isolated is because we think we’re different, and we are all different and quirky in some way but not so different that we can’t connect with another parent because we don’t think they’ll get us. We’re all parents! I’m not saying not to have a support group of like-minded parents that are in a similar situation as you but don’t totally exclude those that are not like you either.

Wishing you Health and Wellness

Charmaine